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Akron Interested In UCLA Interim Coach Mike Johnson, According To Report

UCLA interim coach Mike Johnson has been contacted about the head coaching position with the Akron Zips, according to ESPN.

Johnson is UCLA's offensive coordinator and is in charge of the team as it prepares for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl where they will take on Illinois.

UCLA recently hired Jim L. Mora as its next head coach and it remains unclear if Johnson has a spot on his coaching staff.

Johnson played quarterback at Akron between 1988 and 1989. When asked about the position, he did not comment. He told reporters he was committed to staying at UCLA until after the bowl game, which takes place December 31.

Johnson has expressed interest in staying in Los Angeles on the UCLA staff:

"I love L.A.," Johnson said. "L.A. is a place I grew up and a place I've always called home and I like it here. I'm capable of doing the job if asked to do it. I'm very comfortable with that. I'm comfortable with Jim, I know who he is, I know the type of mentality he's going to bring."

For more on the Zips, visit MAC blog Hustle Belt.